12 Nov 2010
Interview: Michael McCarthy, director, In The Penal Colony
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Barry Gordon [The Scotsman, 12 November 2010]
A chamber opera based on a Franz Kafka short story, it's rather apt that renowned composer, Philip Glass, should score the music to Kafka's 1914 mini-masterpiece. For one thing, both musician and writer are revered for their taut, claustrophobic, often uncomfortable approach to their work.